Local Box Meal Plan: Aug. 2-6

You know how I know fall is almost here? Because this week, we’re getting okra and pears! Here’s to cooler days and nights. The complete list of this week’s produce is as follows:

Okra – Tecolote
Bibb Lettuce- Bluebonnet
Purple Hull Peas – Just Peachy Farm
Figs – Comanche
Basil – Acadian
Texas Peppers – Various
Peaches – Caskey
Eggplant – Tecolote
Pears or Blueberries – My Father’s Farm

So, I am making:

Garlic pickled okra – I made this recipe last year and it was great. Either halve the recipe, or save up a couple of weeks worth to make the whole thing. With it being late summer, we’re going to start getting a lot of okra soon, so you’ll have plenty to pickle.

Basil eggplant stir fry – Use your regular basil instead of the Thai basil the recipe calls for.

Peach-blueberry galette – A galette is a free-form tart, which makes it a lot less fussy than a normal tart. If you get pears instead of blueberries, just peel and dice them to use instead.

Shrimp and pea salad – Simmer your peas for 10 minutes until tender, and use in place of the frozen peas here. Also, up the veggie content of this salad by adding some of your peppers, chopped. I like the idea of using ranch dressing instead of the usual mayo in a salad like this.

Figs with goat cheese and honey – The title pretty much says it all. I made this last week as an easy dessert and it was a hit. Quarter figs, crumble over some plain goat cheese and drizzle with honey. Delicious.

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